Ask the Pastor 44
Who was Jesus as God?
There is teaching from Bible times to the present, that flesh is evil, therefore, God cannot be in the flesh and Jesus cannot be God. However, our Lord spoke of Himself as God, especially in His declarations of being the “I AM”. The Lord God spoke to Moses from a burning bush and declared that He is the “I AM”, this is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament which in Hebrew is Yahweh (YHWH). Our Lord Jesus said specifically, “…before Abraham was I AM” (Jn. 8:58). Throughout the gospel of John our Lord referred to Himself as the I AM with 7 declarations: 1) the bread of life (6:48); 2) the light of the world (8:12); 3) the door (10:9); 4) the good shepherd (10:14); 5) the resurrection and the life (11:25); 6) the way, the truth, the life (14:6); the vine (15:1). In John 5, we have our Lord’s fourfold apologetic as to His deity; first, the testimony of John the Baptist (31-35); the second is His miracles, (vs 36); the third is the witness of the Father (vs 37-38); and the fourth is the witness of the Scriptures (39-40). The Gospel of John was written to proclaim that the Lord Jesus is God and that purpose is summarized in 20:30-31, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you ay have life in His name.”
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